Trump expected to campaign for Miller, but still hasn’t endorsed Illinois gubernatorial candidate – NBC Chicago

Former President Donald Trump is expected to hold a rally in support of Representative Mary Miller next weekend, but he has yet to endorse any of the candidates currently running for Illinois governor.

According to Republican insiders, Trump is expected to appear in Quincy for a Miller campaign rally, as she seeks to bring down fellow incumbent Rep. Rodney Davis.

Trump has already held a fundraiser for Miller at home during this year’s election cycle, and Miller is campaigning hard in hopes of bringing down Davis and keeping his redesigned seat in Congress.

According to Quincy Mayor Mike Troup, the former president is expected to appear at a June 25 rally, just days before the June 28 Illinois primary. The rally is scheduled to take place at the county’s fairgrounds, but no official announcement has been made. .

It’s also unclear if any Republican gubernatorial candidates will show up at the rally. Trump has yet to endorse the race, but several candidates, including State Sen. Darren Bailey, are still hopeful they will receive the former president’s backing.

“It’s a process, and when you get to that status, you wait,” Bailey said. “We’ve had some amazing opportunities to have conversations with him and seek that (support), and now we’re waiting.”

While Bailey and other gubernatorial candidates have indicated they would welcome Trump’s support, Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin, considered Bailey’s main challenger in the election, did not indicate that he was looking for that approval.

“I’m running for governor of Illinois,” he said in a televised forum in May. “I seek the approval of the voters of the State of Illinois.”

Some polls have shown Bailey leading Irvin in the gubernatorial primary race, including one recently conducted by the Chicago Sun-Times and WBEZ. Of Republicans polled in this poll, 67% say they did not believe Trump lost the 2020 election, despite there being no evidence of widespread voter fraud in President Joe Biden’s election.

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker ran ads criticizing Irvin, and the Democratic Governors Association also ran ads criticizing Bailey’s campaign platform as “too conservative” for voters in the US. Illinois.

Asked about Trump’s potential appearance in the state for a rally, Pritzker criticized the former president as unpopular in Illinois.

“This state has turned him down by 17 percentage points,” he said of the 2020 election. “If he wants to come here and thinks he’s going to be popular here, he’s got something else coming .”

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